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Guide to RFID Labs & Research Centers

RFID Update has compiled a list of RFID testing, evaluation and research facilities.
Jan 03, 2008This article was originally published by RFID Update.

January 3, 2008—Organizations that want to learn more about RFID or evaluate how technologies perform in various conditions can take advantage of the dozens of laboratories and demonstration centers that are now operating throughout the world. RFID vendors, industry associations, universities and researchers have created a variety of facilities for RFID testing and research. Many are open to participation by companies or individuals. Here is a list of RFID labs and research centers compiled by RFID Update. We would like to expand and update this list, so please send additional listings to: editor@rfidupdate.com.

EPCglobal RFID Test Centre
Cheshire, England
+44 0-20-7092-3522
mark.gillot@gs1uk.org
Opened/operated by: GS1 UK, facility hosted by Intellident
Public
Size: N/A

ODIN Budapest
Budapest, Hungary
+36 1-280-2960
info@odinbudapest.hu
Opened/operated by: ODIN, MTS and the Hungarian government Agency
Public
Size: 8,000 square feet

RFID Solutions Center Dayton
Miamisburg, Ohio
+1 937-619-4400
testing@rfidsolutionscenter.com
Opened/operated by: Alien Technology
Private
Size: 23,000 square feet

Merck Lab
Darmstadt, Germany
Opened/operated by: Merck, Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt)
Private/Public
Size: N/A
Notes: Pharmaceutical company Merck founded announced it was founding and staffing this lab in 2006 to research development of printable RFID chips for use on packaging. Additional information is not available on the Merck or university Web sites.

RFID Technology Center
Sussex, Wisconsin
+1 262-820-2500
Opened/operated by: Babush Material Handling Systems and RedPrarie International
Private
Size: 3,200 square feet

SAIT Radio Frequency Applications Development Lab
Alberta, Canada
+1 403-210-4409
Opened/operated by: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Hewlett-Packard
Public
Size: N/A
Notes: HP previously announced it would open the "RFID Noisy Lab" in Omaha, Nebraska for testing RFID in noisy environments, but there is no other reference of the Noisy Lab on the HP Web site.

Sun RFID Test Center
Dallas, Texas
Opened/operated by: Sun Microsystems
Private
Size: 17,000 square feet
Notes: Sun also operates multiple Solution Centers around the world, several of which have RFID activity. Get more information here.

University of Wisconsin RFID Lab
Location: Madison, Wisconsin, US
Phone: +1 608-262-5690
Email: agutierr@wisc.edu
Opened/operated by: University of Wisconsin-Madison E-Business Consortium (UWEBC)
Public or private: Public
Size: N/A
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